Things to do in Kerry for couples

Introduction

Kerry is a perfect destination for couples seeking a romantic getaway. With its breathtaking landscapes, historic sites, and cultural attractions, Kerry offers plenty of adventures to explore together.

Loher Ring Fort in Waterville
Loher Ring Fort in Waterville

In this blog post, we will share some of the best things to do in Kerry for couples, including, exploring the Skellig Ring, making chocolates together, hiking Tomies Wood, boat trips on the Killarney Lakes, and so much more.

Cahersiveen Ringfort. Music in the video by SoulProdMusic from Pixabay

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing retreat or an adventure-filled activity, we hope this list will inspire you to plan your next romantic getaway in Kerry. Let’s dive in!

1. Explore the Skellig Ring and discover its hidden gems

One of the must-see attractions in County Kerry is the Skellig Ring, a scenic route that offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding landscape. My personal opinion is that it should be on the Ring of Kerry. I think it is more beautiful than the latter.

Visit the ancient monastic site of Skellig Michael, a World Heritage Site

As you drive along the Skellig Ring, make sure to go out to Skellig Michael by boat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 6th century.

Skellig Michael
Skellig Michael

Climb up the steep steps to the monastic site and marvel at the well-preserved beehive huts and stone structures that housed the monks who lived there.

Stop by the picturesque fishing village of Portmagee for stunning views from the cliffs

Nestled comfortably in the heart of the Skellig Ring, the charming village of Portmagee is a hidden gem that boasts picturesque landscapes and breathtaking vistas of the Atlantic coast.

Boats at Portmagee Harbour
Portmagee Harbour

From its vantage point, one can admire the rugged cliffs that stand guard over the Skellig Islands, providing a dramatic backdrop to the stunning scenery that surrounds this idyllic location.

The village is a hub of activity, offering visitors a plethora of activities to indulge in, from fishing and boating to hiking and cycling. The region is steeped in history and culture, with ancient ruins and historic landmarks dotting the landscape.

2. Get close to nature at Torc Waterfall

If you’re looking for a romantic spot in Kerry, Torc Waterfall is a must-see. Located in Killarney National Park, this stunning waterfall provides a breathtaking backdrop for a romantic picnic or hike.

The waterfall is easily accessible by foot, with a short walk from the car park. As you near the waterfall, you can hear the sound of the water roaring in the distance, building anticipation for the stunning view that awaits.

Torc Waterfall in the summertime
Torc Waterfall in the summertime

Once you arrive at the waterfall, you’ll be struck by the sheer beauty and power of nature.

For the more adventurous couples, there are plenty of hiking trails in the area that provide panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. See my webpage on Torc Waterfall here.

3. Experience the magic of stargazing in Kerry’s dark skies

Kerry is home to one of the world’s few Dark Sky Reserves, making it the perfect destination for stargazing. On a clear night, the sky transforms into a canvas of stars, offering a magical experience for couples.

Join a guided stargazing tour

To make the most of your stargazing experience, consider joining a guided tour. Local experts will guide you through the constellations, planets, and galaxies that you can see from Kerry’s dark skies.

They’ll help you to understand the beauty of the night sky, and how to pick out the different features that you see. 

Cosy up with a loved one

Whether you choose to join a guided tour or stargaze alone, make sure you bring a blanket to keep warm.

Curl up with your loved one and take in the astonishing beauty of the universe above you. You might even be lucky enough to spot a shooting star or witness the awe-inspiring Northern Lights(seen in 2023).

4. Spot playful dolphins on a boat tour from Dingle Harbour

Embark on a boat tour of Dingle Bay to explore the stunning coastline and spot friendly dolphins in their natural habitat.

Beach on the Blasket Islands
Beach on the Blasket Island

Dingle Bay is home to a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins who love to play in the wake of passing boats.

You can choose from various boat tours that depart from Dingle Harbour, ranging from a one-hour trip to a half-day adventure.

Experienced guides will provide insights into the local marine wildlife and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Seal lions on the Blasket Islands
Seal lions on the Blasket Islands

The tours offer you an unforgettable experience to see these playful and intelligent creatures up close in their natural environment. The best time to see dolphins is between May and October, but they can be spotted all year round.

5. Step back in time at Kerry Bog Village

If you’re interested in Irish history, a visit to Kerry Bog Village is a must. This recreated 19th-century village gives visitors a glimpse into the daily life of the locals during that time period.

Kerry Bog Village Museum
Kerry Bog Village Museum

From the thatched roof cottages to the peat fires, the attention to detail will transport you back in time. Don’t miss the chance to visit the Red Fox pub, which serves up a pint of the black stuff in a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

5. Take a scenic hike up Cardiac Hill for breathtaking views

Challenge yourselves with a strenuous but rewarding climb up Cardiac Hill, known for its steep incline up Torc mountain and stunning views of Killarney town and surrounding mountains.

Steps on Cardiac Hill
Steps on Cardiac Hill

The hike can take a few hours, so make sure to bring plenty of water and wear hiking boots. Along the way, you’ll pass by beautiful wildflowers and lush greenery, providing a peaceful respite from the bustling town.

When you reach the top, take a moment to catch your breath and soak in the panoramic views. From this vantage point, you’ll be able to see for miles, taking in the hills and beautiful lakes that make Kerry so unique.

One of the paths on Cardiac Hill in Killarney
One of the paths on Cardiac Hill

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just looking for a fun outdoor activity, hiking up Cardiac steps is an experience you won’t soon forget.

7. Catch a show at the INEC Arena

If you’re looking for a night of entertainment, look no further than the INEC Arena. With a capacity of over 1,000, this state-of-the-art venue has hosted a variety of world-class performers, including Tommy Tiernan and Nathan Carter.

The INEC Arena also hosts a wide range of events, from comedy shows and musicals and conferences. And with its central location in Killarney, the arena is easily accessible from all parts of Kerry.

So whether you’re in the mood for some live music or a night of laughter, the INEC Arena has something for everyone. Check their website for upcoming events and book your tickets today!

8. Discover the beauty of the Muckross Lake Loop

Muckross Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in Kerry and is an absolute must-see for couples looking to explore the great outdoors.

One of the best ways to experience the lake is by walking or biking the Muckross Lake Loop, a scenic 18km trail that takes visitors around the perimeter of the lake.

Two women cycling

The trail is well-marked and relatively easy to navigate, making it a great option for couples of all fitness levels. Along the way, walkers will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, verdant forests, and shimmering waters of the lake.

Be sure to stop by the ruins of Muckross Abbey, a 15th-century Franciscan friary that offers a glimpse into the area’s rich history. The abbey is located on the northeastern side of the lake and is a popular spot for taking stunning photos.

Whether you’re walking hand-in-hand or cycling side-by-side, the Muckross Lake Loop is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Kerry’s stunning countryside.

9. Learn about Kerry’s rich history at County Kerry Museum and Listowel Castle

County Kerry Museum

County Kerry Museum, located in Tralee, offers an immersive experience of the county’s rich history. From prehistoric times to the modern day, the museum showcases a vast collection of artifacts, including Celtic and Christian artifacts, Viking swords, and medieval pottery.

Copper the Miner at the Kerry County Museum
Copper Miner at the Kerry County Museum

Interactive exhibits and audiovisual aids bring the exhibits to life, making the museum an engaging experience.

Listowel Castle

Listowel Castle, on the other hand, offers a glimpse into medieval times. This historic landmark was built in the 15th century and was once home to the Fitzmaurice family.

Entrance to Listowel Castle
Listowel Castle

Visitors can take a guided tour of the castle, exploring its stone walls, towers, and chambers. Audiovisual displays help transport visitors back to a time when the castle was at the heart of power and intrigue in medieval Ireland.

10. An Exciting Night Out at Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

For a night of exhilarating entertainment, head to the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium in Tralee. Greyhound racing has been a popular pastime in Ireland for generations, and there’s no better place to experience the thrill of the race here.

Greyhounds finishing a race at Tralee Greyhound Stadium in Kerry
Tralee Greyhound Stadium

Watch as the sleek and athletic greyhounds sprint to the finish line, and place your bets on your favorites to win.

With a buzzing atmosphere Kingdom Greyhound Stadium is the perfect spot for a fun and exciting night out with your significant other.

Feast on delectable food and drinks while you enjoy the live races & book your tickets online the day before you go to get special offers. Kingdom Greyhound Stadium is not to be missed.

11. Discovering The Wonders Of Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Located in the charming town of Dingle, the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium is a must-visit for any couple looking to explore the fascinating marine life of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Butterfiy Room at Dingle Aquarium
The Butterfly Room at Dingle Aquarium

What to Expect

From playful sea turtles to curious sharks, the aquarium is packed with an array of diverse marine species.

Visitors can observe these creatures up close in over 50 exhibits showcasing the wonders of the sea. The aquarium also offers a touch tank experience where visitors can touch and interact with sea creatures.

One of the sharks at the Dingle Aquarium
Dingle Aquarium

Activities

There are various activities for couples to enjoy at the aquarium, including:

  • Watching a feeding time show and learning about the feeding habits of different marine animals
  • Joining a guided tour to learn about the complex marine ecosystem
Jellyfish at the Dingle Aquarium
Jellyfish at the Dingle Aquarium

Don’t forget to bring your camera (no flash) to capture the incredible underwater world at the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium.

12. Exploring Killarney’s Lakes By Kayak

One of the best ways to experience the tranquil beauty of Killarney’s Lakes is by kayaking. Rent a kayak and paddle through the calm water surrounded by lush green scenery and mountains in the distance.

As you explore, keep an eye out for local wildlife such as otters, water birds, and even deer. You may also catch a glimpse of some of the lake’s many diverse fish species.

Picture of Purple mountain taken Ross Castle boats
Lough Leane

Take a break on one of the many quiet shores, enjoy a picnic, or simply take in the breathtaking views. You can also book a guided tour if you prefer a more structured experience.

Remember to bring sunscreen, water, and comfortable clothing for your kayaking adventure. Exploring Killarney’s Lakes by kayak is a unique and peaceful way to connect with nature and make special memories with your partner.

13. Photograph the Beauty of Dunquin Pier

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Dingle Bay from the mesmerizing Dunquin Pier.

Located on the Slea Head Drive, this scenic pier serves as an embarkation point for ferries traveling to the nearby Blasket Islands and is one of the most stunning places for visitors to explore in County Kerry.

But it’s important to take due caution when visiting, as there are no safety barriers at the cliff edge.

Despite the challenge of finding parking during the peak summer season, locals and visitors alike come to savor its breathtaking scenery and picturesque views.

Don’t ruin your adventure by trying to drive down to the pier. You will only get stuck halfway down.

14. Explore Literary Treasures At The Kerry Writers’ Museum

The Kerry Writers’ Museum is a must-visit for literature enthusiasts.

Entance to Kerry Writters' Museum in Listowel

The museum houses several artifacts, manuscripts, and books that pay tribute to Kerry’s renowned authors and poets, including Brendan Kennelly, and John B. Keane. Visitors can learn about the evolution of literature in Ireland and explore the unique cultural heritage of Kerry.

Kerry Writers Museum J.B. Keane Statue
Kerry Writers Museum J.B. Keane Statue

The Kerry Writers’ Museum is located in Listowel, a charming town that is steeped in literary history, with an annual Writers’ Week festival that attracts thousands of visitors every year.

The museum is open daily, and guided tours offer more in-depth insights into the exhibits and the history of Irish literature.

15. Hike Tomies Wood & Witness the Magnificence of O’Sullivan’s Cascade

For couples who love the outdoors and enjoy a good hike, Tomies Wood is a must-visit destination.

Situated in Killarney National Park, Tomies Wood offers a well-marked trail that leads hikers through a beautiful forest of oak, ash, and birch trees.

O Sullivans Cascade in Killarney
O Sullivans Cascade

Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. But the highlight of the hike is undoubtedly O’Sullivan’s Cascade, a magnificent waterfall that plunges down a series of rocky steps, creating a mesmerizing display of water and spray.

The total distance of the hike is around 6 km, and it can take anywhere from 2 to 2 1/2 hours, depending on your pace. Be sure to wear comfortable hiking boots and bring along plenty of water and snacks for the journey.

  • Difficulty level: Moderate
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Duration: 2 hours

16. Exploring The Ancient Beauty of Ross Castle

If you’re a history enthusiast or simply appreciate stunning architecture, a visit to Ross Castle is a must.

Ross Castle on a frosty morning
Ross Castle

This well-preserved fortress from the 15th century is located on the edge of Lough Leane, just a short drive from Killarney. Step inside and be transported back in time to when the castle was once a stronghold of the O’Donoghue clan.

Admire the grandeur of the building’s structure and intricate details, such as the beautiful stonework and impressive spiral staircases. You can take a guided tour of the castle with knowledgeable and friendly guides who will share insights into the castle’s rich history and culture.

Ross Castle, Killarney at dusk
Ross Castle

Learn about the various battles, legends, and notable figures associated with the castle.

Overall, Ross Castle is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, architecture, or natural beauty. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this ancient beauty with your partner by your side.

17. Navigating Innisfallen Island With A Boat Or Kayak

For a romantic adventure with your loved one, exploring Innisfallen Island by boat or kayak is the perfect option.

Picture of 2 trees taller than the ruin of Innisfallen Abbey
Innisfallen Abbey

Located in the heart of the Killarney National Park, Innisfallen Island is home to the ruins of an ancient monastery and is surrounded by stunning views.

There are a variety of boat tours available that can take you to the island, or you can rent a kayak and explore on your own.

Roman architecture doorway in the oratory at Innisfallen Island
Roman architecture doorway in the oratory at Innisfallen Island

As you make your way around the small island, you can take in the peaceful atmosphere and observe the wildlife that inhabits the area.

Be sure to bring your camera along, as the views from the island and surrounding area are truly breathtaking.  See my webpage here.

18. Uncovering The Hidden Beauty Of The Gap Of Dunloe

For couples who appreciate natural beauty, a visit to the Gap of Dunloe is a must-do when in Kerry. This stunning glaciated valley is located between the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain.

It can be explored by foot or by horse-drawn carriage. With its unique mix of rugged landscapes, numerous lakes, and awe-inspiring towering cliffs, the Gap of Dunloe provides visitors with an unforgettable experience of raw natural beauty.

Hiking The Gap Of Dunloe

One way to uncover the hidden beauty of the Gap of Dunloe is through a hike. You and your partner can take a leisurely walk along the 11-kilometer-long valley floor, which offers stunning views of the rugged landscape. It is a moderate hike.

Exploring The Gap Of Dunloe By Horse-Drawn Carriage (Jarvey)

A popular way to explore the Gap of Dunloe is through a horse-drawn carriage ride. This way, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the stunning scenery while a skilled driver/guide takes you on a journey through the valley.

You’ll journey past numerous lakes while hearing tales of the valley’s rich history and traditions. See my webpage on Gap of Dunloe here.

19. Witness The Magnificent Ladies View

If you’re looking for a stunning view that will leave you and your partner in awe, then Ladies View in Killarney is the perfect destination.

Ladies View Killarney on a bright summer's day
Ladies View

The view offers a panoramic glimpse of the 3 striking Killarney Lakes and the surrounding countryside. The view’s name comes from the admiration of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting for the view during their visit to Killarney in 1861.

The view is accessible by car and offers nearby facilities such as a café and restroom. But keep in mind that the site can be very crowded during peak tourist seasons, so plan accordingly.

Whether you choose to enjoy the view in silence or as part of a romantic picnic, Ladies View will undoubtedly be a highlight of your trip to Kerry.

20. Uncover The Natural Beauty Of The Blasket Islands

These uninhabited islands have remained untouched for a century and provide a glimpse into a world free from modern-day clutter.

The Sleeping Giant (The Blasket Island)
The Sleeping Giant

The Blasket Islands have been inhabited for thousands of years and were home to a vibrant Irish-speaking community until the mid-20th century.

Although the last residents left in 1953, the islands remain a popular destination for visitors seeking an unspoiled and authentic Irish experience. The islands boast rugged cliffs, dramatic coastlines, and stunning beaches.

The wildlife is abundant, with seals, birds, and even dolphins known to make an appearance. The village has been preserved as a reminder of the island’s past and the unique way of life of the inhabitants.

A day trip from Dingle is recommended, and it is advised to check with tour companies regarding weather and sea conditions before embarking on the trip.

21. Experience Live Entertainment At Siamsa Tíre

If you’re looking for a night of traditional Irish entertainment, Siamsa Tíre in Tralee is the place to be. This national folk theatre showcases the best of Irish music, dance, and storytelling.

National Folk Theatre of Ireland Interior Dance Scene Siamsa Tire in Tralee
National Folk Theatre of Ireland Interior Dance Scene Siamsa Tire in Tralee

With a variety of performances throughout the year, you and your partner can experience the energy and excitement of Irish culture firsthand.

From lively music sessions to mesmerizing dance performances, each show is a celebration of Ireland’s rich heritage. Take a seat in the intimate theatre and let yourself be swept away by the talented performers.

The authentic atmosphere and lively crowds create a truly unforgettable night out.

What to Expect at Siamsa Tíre

Once you enter the theatre, the high-energy performances will keep you entertained throughout the night.

The skilled musicians, dancers, and storytellers bring Irish folklore to life with their captivating performances. Some of the shows are interactive, and audience participation is encouraged. 

Getting to Siamsa Tíre

Siamsa Tíre is located in the heart of Tralee, just a short walk from the town’s train and bus stations. If you’re driving, there is ample parking available near the venue.

Building of Siamsa Tire in Tralee
Building of Siamsa Tire

Be sure to check the theatre’s schedule and book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Siamsa Tíre is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the magic of traditional Irish entertainment.

22. A Journey To The Past: Exploring Staigue Fort

For couples who love history and adventure, exploring Staigue Fort is a must-do activity in Kerry. Located near Sneem, Staigue Fort is an ancient stone fort that dates back to the Iron Age.

Entrance to Staigue Fort
Entrance to Staigue Fort

It is one of the finest examples of an Irish ring fort, with walls that are over 18 feet high and 13 feet thick. Once you arrive, take a moment to marvel at the incredible engineering that went into building the fort.

Somebody coming out of one of the tunnels in Staigue Stone Ring fort

The site is filled with a sense of mystery and intrigue, and you’ll be transported back in time as you explore the ruins.

For an even more immersive experience, consider hiring a local guide who can provide you with fascinating insights into the history and culture of the fort.

Music in the video by SoulProdMusic from Pixabay

Don’t forget to capture some photos of you and your partner as you stand amongst the ancient ruins! Exploring Staigue Fort is a truly unique experience that you won’t soon forget. It’s the perfect way to spend a day immersed in history and exploring the natural beauty of Kerry.

23. Explore the Breathtaking Ballybunion Cliff Walk

Take a romantic stroll along the Ballybunion Cliff Walk, a stunning path with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and dramatic cliffs.

Drone picture of Ballybunion Cliffs
Ballybunion Cliffs

This beautiful walk takes you on a 1 km trail along the spectacular coastline of County Kerry, with stunning scenery and panoramic ocean views.

Make sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning vistas from the cliff tops, and don’t miss the Nine Daughters Hole, a natural marvel created by the forces of the sea over thousands of years.

Drone picture looking down at the Nine Daughter Hole Ballybunion
Nine Daughter Hole

Hold hands with your significant other and immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of this remarkable trail. It’s the perfect way to spend a romantic afternoon together in Ballybunion.

24. Kayak Out To Fenit Lighthouse for an Unforgettable Adventure

If you and your partner are looking for a unique adventure, kayaking out to Fenit Lighthouse is a must-do activity.

Fenit Lighthouse guarding ships from a massive rock
Fenit Lighthouse

Paddle through tranquil waters and marvel at the rugged cliffs and stunning beaches that line the coast.

As you make your way out to Fenit Lighthouse in Tralee Bay, keep your eyes peeled for local marine wildlife, including dolphins, seals, and a variety of sea birds.

Dog taking a strolling around Fenit Lighthouse
Dog taking a strolling around Fenit Lighthouse

The tour culminates with a close-up view of Fenit Lighthouse. Take in the majestic structure and snap some memorable photos with your partner before paddling back to shore.

Overall, kayaking out to Fenit Lighthouse is a unique and unforgettable way to experience the beauty of Kerry’s coastline together. See my webpage here.

25. Experience the Majestic Slea Head Drive

Take a scenic drive along the spectacular Slea Head Drive, one of the most breathtaking landscapes in Ireland.

Slea Head Drive
Slea Head Drive

The route follows the rugged coastline of the Dingle Peninsula and offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, dramatic sea cliffs, and charming local villages.

Gallarus Oratory. Music in the video by SoulProdMusic from Pixabay

Along the way, you can stop at historic sites like the prehistoric Dunbeg Fort or medieval ruins like the Gallarus Oratory.

Don’t forget to sample local delicacies at quaint villages like Ballyferriter and Ventry, both known for their fresh seafood and traditional Irish pubs.

You can also explore the fascinating history and culture of the area at the Blasket Island Centre or take a leisurely hike along the stunning beaches of Ventry and Coumeenoole.

26. Drive the Ring of Kerry Together

One of the best ways to experience the stunning landscapes of Kerry is by driving the Ring of Kerry, a 180 km circular route that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland.

Mountain Stage near Cahersiveen
Mountain Stage

Starting and ending in Killarney, the route takes you through picturesque villages and towns, past rugged coastlines, pristine beaches, and rolling hills.

The Sky Walk Rope Bridge at Kells Bay Gardens
The Sky Walk Rope Bridge at Kells Bay Gardens

Along the way, you will have ample opportunities to stop and explore historic sites, cultural attractions, and stunning vistas. Highlights of the route include Killarney National Park, Kerry Bog Village, Mountain Stage, Staigue Fort, and many more.

Whether you choose to drive the entire route in one day or take your time and spread it out over a few days, the Ring of Kerry is sure to be an unforgettable journey.

27. Get Competitive and Have Fun at Bowling Buddies

Add a competitive edge to your date and head to Bowling Buddies, located just outside of Tralee. This fun-filled activity is perfect for couples who enjoy a bit of friendly competition.

Building of Bowling Buddies in Tralee

With 12 lanes and state-of-the-art bowling technology, you and your partner can enjoy a night of fun and laughter.

Add Bowling Buddies to your list of things to do in Kerry for a fun-filled and competitive date night. And if you’re feeling extra competitive, try your hand at some arcade games before or after your game.

28. Enjoy a Boat Trip on the Killarney Lakes

For a romantic and serene experience on your trip to Kerry, take a boat trip on the Killarney Lakes.

You and your loved one can enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the tranquil waters, taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and lush greenery.

The boat tours usually last around an hour, and the experienced guides will provide valuable insights into the history and ecology of the area.

You may also choose to hire a private boat and take your time exploring the many coves and inlets dotted around the lakes.

They can take you up to Lord’s Brandon Cottage Where you can get a jarvey ride through the Gap of Dunloe to Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

You will have to get a lift back to Killarney from the Cottage.

29. Have A Wild Night Out Drinking In Dingle

If you’re looking for a lively night out with your partner, Dingle is the place to be.

This vibrant town is famous for its traditional pubs and great nightlife, where you can enjoy music, dancing, and drinks with locals and tourists alike. Here are some of the best bars to visit:

  • Dick Mack’s Pub: This historic pub is a must-visit for beer lovers, as it features an impressive selection of beers.
  • John Benny Pub: This cozy bar is a favorite among locals, and is known for its friendly atmosphere and live traditional music sessions.
  • Murphy’s Pub: This popular pub has a great selection of beers and ales, and often hosts live music and entertainment.

Whatever your taste, Dingle has something to offer every couple looking for a wild night out. Just be sure to drink responsibly and have fun!

30. Discover the Rich Culture and History of the Blasket Island Centre Together

The Blasket Island Centre is a must-see attraction for couples exploring Dingle, offering a fascinating insight into the unique cultural heritage of the Blasket Islands and the people who lived there.

Entrance to the Blasket Island Certre
Blasket Island Certre

Nestled on the tip of the stunning Dingle Peninsula (on the mainland), the centre features an interactive museum, showcasing the daily life of the inhabitants of the islands, their traditions and customs, and the struggles they faced living in such a remote location.

Old Telegraph from the Blasket Island
Old Telegraph from the Blasket Island

The centre also provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline, making it an ideal romantic spot for couples to enjoy the scenery and each other’s company.

Whether you’re interested in history, culture, or spectacular views, the Blasket Island Centre is a fantastic destination that will leave you with lasting memories of your time together on the Slea Head Drive.

31. Witness the Magnificent Birds of Prey at Kingdom Falconry

If you and your partner are nature enthusiasts, you won’t want to miss Kingdom Falconry located in Dingle.

Witness the breathtaking sight of birds of prey in flight and marvel at their incredible hunting skills as they soar through the air.

You can choose from a variety of experiences, ranging from a Private Falconry Experience to a one-hour walk with a hawk experience.

Learn about the fascinating history and cultural significance of falconry, and get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.

Don’t forget to bring your camera, as this is a truly unforgettable experience for bird lovers.

32. Get Active and Cycle the Tralee/Fenit Greenway For an Adventure-Fueled Date

For couples who love outdoor activities, cycling the Tralee/Fenit Greenway is a great way to spend a day.

This off-road trail offers stunning coastal views, making it one of the most scenic cycling routes in Ireland.

Four people cycling on Tralee to Fenit Greenway
Tralee to Fenit Greenway

The Tralee/Fenit Greenway is an easy trail suitable for all levels of fitness. You can rent a bike in Tralee or Fenit, and start your adventure at your own pace. The trail is well maintained, with plenty of rest areas.

The Tralee/Fenit Greenway is an unforgettable experience, offering a perfect blend of adventure, nature, and romance. It’s a great way to spend quality time together and create magical memories that will last a lifetime.

33. Go for a Romantic Dinner in Cassidy’s

Looking for a romantic dining experience in Kerry? Look no further than Cassidy’s, an intimate and cozy restaurant that is perfect for a romantic date.

Located in the heart of Tralee, Cassidy’s offers a relaxed atmosphere and a varied menu featuring delicious dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Cassidys restaurant in Tralee

Under the soft lighting and ambient music, you and your partner can enjoy mouth-watering culinary creations such as grilled Kerry lamb, seafood chowder, or steak, accompanied by perfectly paired wines.

Cassidy’s is known for its excellent service and hospitable staff who will ensure that you have an unforgettable romantic night. Remember to save room for dessert, as the homemade desserts are a must-try!

Book a table in advance to ensure that you experience the ultimate romantic Kerry dining experience at Cassidy’s. My wife and I go for the early bird which is €27.50 pp.

34. Explore The Ancient Site Of Kenmare Stone Circle

Discover the fascinating history and ancient culture of Ireland by exploring the Kenmare Stone Circle, one of the most unique and mysterious historical sites in Kerry.

Entrance to Kenmare Stone Circle

This ancient site dates back to the Bronze Age and consists of 15 standing stones arranged in an oval shape, with one large stone in the center.

The purpose of the Kenmare Stone Circle is still shrouded in mystery, with some speculating that it may have been used for ceremonial purposes or as an astronomical observatory.

Regardless of its purpose, this ancient site is a must-visit for anyone interested in history, archaeology, or ancient cultures.

Getting There

The Kenmare Stone Circle is located just outside the town of Kenmare, along the scenic Ring of Kerry route. It is easily accessible by car. If you are driving, there is a parking lot nearby.

What to Expect

When you arrive at the Kenmare Stone Circle, you will be impressed by the sheer size and scale of the standing stones. The stone circle is surrounded by beautiful green fields and incredible scenery, making it a great place for a scenic walk or picnic.

Kenmare Stone Circle
Kenmare Stone Circle

There are also interpretive signs and information markers at the site, providing you with insights into the history and significance of this incredible ancient site.

Best Time to Visit

The Kenmare Stone Circle can be visited year-round, but the best time to go is during the summer months when the weather is warm and the site is at its most picturesque. There is a small entrance fee.

However, no matter what time of year you choose to visit, the Kenmare Stone Circle is sure to leave a lasting impression on you, with its incredible historical significance and breathtaking beauty.

35. Bring Out Your Inner Chocolatier And Make Lorge Chocolates Together

Indulge in a delicious and fun activity by making your own chocolates at Lorge Chocolates.

Located in Bonane, just outside of Kenmare, Lorge Chocolates offers chocolate-making classes where you can learn about the art of chocolate making and create your very own handmade chocolates.

Lorge Chocolater in Kenmare

With a range of chocolate types, flavors, and decorations to choose from, you and your partner can get creative and make chocolates that are personalized to your tastes.

This is the perfect activity for couples who love chocolate and want to have a unique and memorable date. Book a class in advance to ensure availability and enjoy this sweet and romantic experience together.

36. Experience Irish Culture at Bonane Heritage Park

Bonane Heritage Park is a must-visit destination for couples in Kerry who are looking to experience Irish culture first-hand. Located in the Sheen Valley, the park offers stunning views and a glimpse into the area’s rich history.

Explore Ancient Sites

The park is home to many ancient archaeological sites. Take a stroll through the park and explore these fascinating remnants of Ireland’s past.

Man made lake in Bonane Heritage Park
Bonane Heritage Park

In addition to the historical sites, the park offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. 

  • Take in the stunning views of the Sheen Valley
  • Explore the ancient archaeological sites found throughout the park

37. Sip Locally Brewed Beer at Killarney Brewing Company

The Killarney Brewing Company is known for creating delicious, high-quality, and locally sourced craft beer.

Sample a Variety of Delicious Craft Beers

Take a tour of the brewery and sample a range of unique and delicious beers. You’ll get to taste everything from light and refreshing pale ales to bold and flavorful stouts.

Learn about the Brewing Process on a Comprehensive Tour

During your tour, you’ll learn about the brewing process and the high-quality, locally sourced ingredients that go into every beer. You’ll also get an exclusive look at the brewery and its equipment.

Killarney Brewing Company
Killarney Brewing Company

After your tour, head to the on-site bar and enjoy your favorite beer while taking in views of the stunning surrounding countryside.

They have a restaurant on-site. Whether you’re a beer lover or just looking for a unique experience in Kerry, the Killarney Brewing Company is a must-visit destination.

38. Indulge in Fine Wines at Killarney Wine Rooms

If you’re looking for a romantic evening out, head to Killarney Wine Rooms to indulge in some of the best wines from all over the world. The cozy atmosphere is perfect for a date night, with a selection of delicious, cheeses to pair with your wine.

A machine for dispensing glasses of wine in the Wine Rooms in Killarney
A machine for dispensing glasses of wine in the Wine Rooms in Killarney

Extensive Wine Selection

Killarney Wine Rooms offers an extensive selection of wines ranging from light whites to full-bodied reds. With wines from different regions around the world, you’re sure to find the perfect bottle to suit your taste. Their knowledgeable staff is also on hand to help you choose the perfect wine to pair with your meal.

The Wine Rooms in Killarney
The Wine Rooms in Killarney

Cheese and Tapenades

Nothing pairs better with a glass of wine than some delicious cheese and tapenades. Whether you prefer hard or soft cheeses, there’s something for everyone on their menu.

Cozy and Romantic Atmosphere

The atmosphere at Killarney Wine Rooms is both cozy and romantic, making it the perfect spot for a date night. Enjoy your wine and food in a warm and inviting setting, complete with soft lighting and comfortable seating.

It’s the perfect place to unwind with your loved one. So whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just looking for a romantic evening out, be sure to check out Killarney Wine Rooms. You won’t be disappointed!

39. See Majestic Deer in their Natural Habitat in Killarney

One of the most iconic experiences in Killarney is spotting deer in their natural habitat. The park is home to a large population of Red Deer, one of the largest mammals in Ireland. A guided tour is recommended to ensure the best chance of spotting these majestic creatures.

Taking a Guided Deer Spotting Tour

These tours are led by knowledgeable guides who know the best spots to find the deer. Guides will explain the behavior and habitat of the deer and answer any questions you might have. Be sure to bring your camera, as you will have the opportunity to take some amazing photos!

Spectators at Golf Club
Spectators at Golf Club

When to Go Deer Spotting

Deer are most active at dawn and dusk, so schedule your tour accordingly for the best chance of seeing them.

It is important to remember that these are wild animals, and sightings are not guaranteed. However, with the help of a knowledgeable guide, you will have a much better chance of spotting these majestic creatures.

40. Visit the stunning Derrynane House

This awe-inspiring mansion was once the residence of the renowned Irish statesman, Daniel O Connell. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be transported back in time to a bygone era and get a glimpse into the life of one of Ireland’s most beloved historical figures.

A dining table, chairs and side board at Caherdaniel House

But Derrynane House isn’t just a historical home; it’s also located in one of the most picturesque areas of Ireland.

Derrynane Beach in Kerry
Derrynane Beach

The estate is situated right on the stunning Derrynane Beach, which boasts crystal clear waters and powdery white sand. The beach is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a refreshing swim, and it’s no wonder that it’s considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

In addition to the beach, Derrynane National Historic Park is also located on the estate. This park is home to a range of historic sites and monuments, including the ruins of an abbey, and an Ogham Stone.

Ogham Stone near Derrynane Strand
Ogham Stone near Derrynane Strand

Take a stroll through the park and immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich history.

Overall, a visit to Derrynane House and its surrounding estate is a must-do for any history buff or lover of beautiful scenery.

41. Take a Traditional Jaunting Car Tour

Experience an authentic piece of Irish culture with a traditional jaunting car tour through Killarney National Park. These horse-drawn carriages are a romantic and relaxing way to take in the stunning scenery and learn about the history and folklore of the area.

Jarvey trip in Killarney Park
traditional jaunting car tour through Killarney National Park

Your knowledgeable driver will regale you with stories and facts about the park and its surroundings while you ride comfortably through the peaceful landscape.

Enjoy the fresh air and sounds of nature as the carriages take you on a scenic journey through the park. A jaunting car tour is a must-do activity for couples visiting Kerry and will leave you with lasting memories of your time in Ireland.

42. Relax and Rejuvenate with a Peat Bath at Killarney Peat Baths

One of the most unique and luxurious experiences to be had in Kerry is a peat bath at Killarney Peat Baths. Peat has been used in Ireland for centuries for its healing properties, and a peat bath is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing.

Killarney Peat Baths
Killarney Peat Baths

Experience the Rejuvenating Effects of a Peat Bath

Peat is known for its therapeutic and medicinal properties, and a peat bath is a great way to experience these benefits.

The peat’s warmth stimulates the opening of pores, releasing toxins, and its minerals nourish and revitalize the skin. Get down and dirty in the mud, it’s not just fun but also has amazing anti-inflammatory benefits!

Relax and Unwind in a Peaceful and Tranquil Setting

The peat baths at Killarney Peat Baths are located in a peaceful and tranquil setting, perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation.

As you soak in the warm peat, you can take in the serene surroundings and let your worries slip away. Don’t miss out on this unique and rejuvenating experience during your visit to Kerry!

43. Experience the Healing Powers of the Sea with Sneem Seaweed Baths

If you’re looking for a truly unique and rejuvenating experience, look no further than Sneem Seaweed Baths. Here, you can soak in a traditional seaweed bath and let the natural healing powers of the sea work their magic on your skin and body.

4 barrels for seaweed in Sneem Seaweed Baths

The Benefits of Seaweed Baths

Seaweed is known for its exceptional health benefits, particularly for the skin. It is rich in minerals and antioxidants that can help to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin, leaving it feeling soft, smooth, and glowing.

This substance is recognized for its detoxifying qualities and can effectively treat various skin conditions, including eczema and acne.

A barrel for seaweed in Sneem Seaweed Baths

What to Expect

At Sneem Seaweed Baths, you’ll be met with stunning views of Kenmare Bay as you soak in your own private seaweed bath. The baths are filled with a blend of fresh seaweed and warm water, creating a luxurious and soothing environment that will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalized. 

Experience the Healing Powers of Seaweed Today

A visit to Sneem Seaweed Baths is the perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate on your trip to Kerry. So why not treat yourself to this unique and unforgettable experience? Contact them today to book your seaweed bath and experience the healing powers of the sea for yourself.

44. Enjoy a Romantic Picnic on a Blue Flag Beach

One of the most romantic things you can do as a couple is to pack a delicious picnic and head to one of Kerry’s beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Some of the best beaches for a romantic picnic include Inch, Banna, and Derrynane beaches.

Drone photo of Derrynane Beach
Derrynane Beach

These beaches offer stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding coastline, making them the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic. After your romantic picnic, take a sunset walk along the shoreline or dip your toes in the refreshing water. 

45. Take a Scenic Hike Through Glanateenty Woods

For nature-loving couples, a hike through Glanateenty Woods is a must-do activity while in Kerry. The woods, located near the town of Tralee and Castleisland, offer breathtaking scenery and peaceful surroundings that make for a romantic day out.

Bridge in Glanageenty Woods
Glanageenty Woods

The woods feature a variety of trails suitable for all levels of hikers. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker, you’re sure to find a route that suits your preferences.

As you hike through the woods, take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife, including squirrels, foxes, and a variety of bird species.

Glanateenty Woods are also home to some historical sites, including The last Earl of Desmond, who was beheaded in 1583.

Monument in Glanageenty to the Earl of Desmond 1583

These sites add to the charm of the woods and offer insight into the area’s rich history.

Overall, a hike through Glanateenty Woods is a romantic and memorable experience that should not be missed during your trip to Kerry.

46. Dick Mack’s Brewery

Dick Mack’s Brewery is a recently opened Brewhouse in Dingle that offers an outdoor area with artisan food trucks, a taproom, and a brewery. It is a great place to spend an afternoon.

The Brewhouse courtyard offers a variety of amenities for couples to enjoy, such as local food trucks offering daily specials and a wide selection of craft beers.

Entrance to Dick Macks Brewhouse in Dingle
Dick Macks Brewhouse

Dick Mack’s Brewhouse has a strong musical tradition, and live music is performed by talented locals in the courtyard. The Taproom offers a wide variety of beers, and tours commence and conclude there with a generous tasting of their most recent brew.

Dick Mack’s offers free WiFi internet for its customers. The Brewhouse building has undergone various changes and originated in the agricultural era of Dingle in the 1850s. Bring your furry companions to Dick Mack’s – they’ll feel right at home! 

47. Stay a night or two on Valentia Island

Valentia Island is a breathtakingly beautiful destination that is sure to leave you in awe. This stunning island, located off the southwestern coast, boasts a plethora of natural and man-made wonders that are sure to captivate your imagination.

Valentia Lighthouse during rough seas
Valentia Lighthouse during rough seas

From the iconic Valentia Lighthouse to the historic Valentia Transatlantic Cable Station, there is no shortage of fascinating landmarks to explore on this island. But that’s not all – Valentia Island has so much more to offer than just its famous landmarks.

There’s the world-famous Tetrapod Trackway that has captured the attention of scientists and nature enthusiasts alike.

Section of the Transatlantic morse code cable
Section of the Transatlantic morse code cable

And, if you’re interested in history, you won’t want to miss the impressive Valentia Slate Quarry, which was once a thriving industry that helped build some of the world’s most famous structures. Valentia Island is also a haven for those who love the water.

There are plenty of exciting Valentia boat tours to take you around the island’s magnificent coastline, where you can soak up the stunning views and spot some of the island’s abundant wildlife.

From dolphins to seals, there’s always something fascinating to see on a Valentia boat tour.

So, whether you’re interested in history, or nature, or just want to bask in the beauty of this incredible island, Valentia Island is a destination that you won’t want to miss

48. Visit the stunning Muckross House

This magnificent Victorian mansion, steeped in history and heritage, is truly a sight to behold. Built in the 1850s in Tudor style, the house is a shining example of the grandeur and elegance of its time.

Nestled on the picturesque shores of Muckross Lake, the mansion exudes an air of tranquil serenity, making it the perfect destination for anyone seeking a peaceful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Muckross House in Killarney
Muckross House

But it’s not just the stunning architecture and idyllic setting that make this mansion so special. Over the years, the mansion has played host to a number of notable figures, including Her Majesty Queen Victoria herself. 

Muckross House
Muckross House

Today, the mansion stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Irish heritage and is a must-visit destination for anyone with a love for history, architecture, or simply the finer things in life. View my webpage in Muckross House here

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Conclusion

In conclusion, Kerry boasts an array of beautiful and romantic places that couples can explore and enjoy together.

From scenic drives along the Skellig Ring to stargazing under the night sky, Kerry is sure to capture your heart.

Whether you’re into hiking, photography, history, or cultural experiences, there’s something for everyone in Kerry.

So why not plan a romantic getaway with your partner to Kerry and experience the magic for yourself?

You’re sure to make unforgettable memories and fall in love with this beautiful part of Ireland. You won’t be disappointed.